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The Adjustment Bureau

On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), a woman like none he`s ever known. But just as he realises he`s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself - the men of The Adjustment Bureau - who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 3 Mar 2011
Genre: Science Fiction / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, Terence Stamp, John Slattery, Daniel Dae Kim, Michael Kelly
Director: George Nolfi
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “The Bourne Identity”, “The Bourne Supremacy”, “The Bourne Ultimatum”

What happens if humans are no longer entitled to freewill and therefore, have no control over their own destiny? Or that of the moment humans can never determine their own path in life and that it is under someone else's designated plans? How often someone stumbles upon coincidence when in fact, it is something that has been written by someone else? Those are the questions presented through "The Adjustment Bureau".

It follows the life story of David Norris (Matt Damon), a charismatic and aspiring politician running for United States Congress who loses his early lead due to an old scandal. In the middle of practising his losing speech, he stumbles upon a mysterious woman named Elise (Emily Blunt) and feels an instant attraction. After they part ways they meet again on a bus trip, when David is not supposed to but it happens when a mysterious man who is supposed to stall David's bus trip accidentally falls asleep and it tampers with David's designated 'plan'. Soon after, the 'adjustment bureau' members take drastic measures to make sure David sticks with his life plans at all cost.

For fans who are familiar with Damon's "Bourne" movie omnibus, nothing less can be expected from the talented actor but to put both of his characters at par, "The Adjustment Bureau" is no "Bourne Identity". The story idea is very interesting and unusual although it significantly lacks a thrilling plot development. However, despite all the areas that can be improved, it still turns out to be an enjoyable watch especially for a newcomer's directorial debut who also penned the screenplay. Kudos to George Nolfi for his remarkable work. Blunt's acting fits the mysterious, alluring Elise but her on-screen connection with Damon only managed to settle on a thin line between sweet and lukewarm. Nothing special to note in regards to cinematography but the visual effects during the 'transition' scenes are an interesting watch nevertheless. Audience can expect a few unanswered questions, which in turn is up to their acceptance as well as perception.

"The Adjustment Bureau" is a recommended watch for fans of inexplicable sci-fi thrillers.

Cinema Online, 01 March 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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